Best beaches near Lisbon Costa da Caparica

While many visitors to Lisbon tend to head west to enjoy the beaches in Cascais, some of the best beaches near Lisbon can actually be found to the south of the city, on the Costa da Caparica coastline that runs along the Setubal Peninsula. While it may be lesser known to international visitors, this spectacular stretch of sand is popular among the in-the-know Portuguese, and it’s easy to see why. Running for 30km from the town of the same name in the north all the…Continue Reading “The best beaches near Lisbon: Costa da Caparica”

Hike from Little Petra to the Monastery

Officially named Siq Al Barid, Little Petra is a former Nabatean settlement located a ten-minute drive north of Petra. Its canyons walls and carved facades explain its colloquial name, and the site itself is worth seeing for a peaceful alternative to the much better known sister site. However, one of the best reasons for visiting is for the hike from Little Petra to the Monastery. An adventure in itself, the hike is a fun way to spend a couple of hours and it also provides…Continue Reading “Hike from Little Petra to the Monastery: The Petra back route”

Petra travel guide Treasury view from above

The most popular attraction in Jordan, Petra is a magical sight that fully deserves its status as one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. Formerly the beating heart of the Nabataean empire, the Rose City – so called for the marvellous colour of the sandstone in which it is carved – was once a flourishing city home to around 20,000 inhabitants. However, once new trade routes were discovered, people soon left and the city was left abandoned, remaining hidden to the Western world…Continue Reading “Petra travel guide: Everything you need to know”

Driving in Jordan

Driving in another country can be a daunting prospect, especially when it comes to driving outside of Europe. The thought of driving in Jordan is likely to tempt many travellers to book an organised tour instead, but there’s nothing quite like exploring a country independently. It’s cheaper, far more flexible and it adds a sense of adventure. Driving in Jordan is actually very safe and relatively easy. Most of the major sights – Wadi Rum, Petra, the Dead Sea and the Red Sea – are…Continue Reading “Driving in Jordan: The ultimate guide”

Wadi Rum Jordan

With a unique landscape comprising vivid red sand, imposing rock formations and rippled sand dunes, it’s no wonder Wadi Rum was chosen to impersonate the red planet in the 2015 film Martian. Spanning 280 square miles in the southern region of Jordan, the otherworldly desert is a vast protected area that makes for a truly breathtaking backdrop. From speeding along on the back of a jeep to navigating through hidden canyons and watching the sun disappear over sandstone mountains to stargazing under the clear night…Continue Reading “Wadi Rum, Jordan: Everything you need to know”